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Modern Farmhouse Project: The Powder Room

Hope you guys all had a great holiday! The hardest decision I had to make all week was which Hallmark movie to watch, and whether to go white chocolate Reese’s peanut butter tree or original. It was glorious, and now my pants are totally gonna split and I don’t care one bit.

Anyhow (!) I wanted to share a sweet little powder room I’m working on for in a house in Ohio. It’s for a young family with a gaggle of kiddos who wanted a kind of cozy, modern farmhouse aesthetic… casual and warm without going too cliché rustic if you know what I mean. About 7 years ago, I had helped them revamp their little girl’s room – so I was delighted when they called and asked if I could help them with a slightly larger project – just a wee 4,000 sq ft house. Nbd.

The great thing about powder rooms is that they’re a perfect opportunity to take a little bit of a risk. And as the lovely Lauren Leiss points out in her new book HABITAT (which I am currently reading cover to cover):

“The Powder Room, often very small, is one of the most frequently used public spaces in a home… generally there isn’t much space in the powder room, so everything – the mirror, the hardware, the towels, the art – should be interesting or beautiful.”

Girlfriend is NOT wrong. Here’s the look we were going for…


Powder Bath Inso | Covet Living


We wanted to source an antique washstand to use as a vanity, and top it with a vessel sink. These were some of the ones we looked at (all from eBay and all now sold, but eBay / Craigslist are killer sources for this kind of thing if you’re up for doing a little digging):

Antique Washstand 1

washstand 2

washstand 3

We couldn’t quite find one we loved, so we had a friend in North Carolina make one to my client’s size specifications (the room is only 37” wide).

Custom Made Antique Washstand | Covet Living


As vessel sinks go, this one is a gracious size (about 19″W x 15″D x 5″H). The square-ish shape keeps with the modern aesthetic, but the curved edges add some warmth and break up all the hard angles of the vanity.

Kraus KCV 121 Vessel Sink | Covet Living MIRROR

I wanted to do a round mirror in this space to – again – introduce another shape and juxtapose some of the hard lines in the room, but finding one large enough to not look dinky but small enough to still allow us to put sconces on either size was tough. This guy was the perfect size, and lends a little industrial vibe:

Metal Mirror with Shelf | Covet Living


We were originally going to run the same hardwood through here that’s in the rest of the house, but I felt like a little pattern on the floor would be super fun… we were going for a black (but preferably navy) and white pattern and entertained some of these:

Cement Tile Shop Floor | Covet Living

Black and White TIle Floor | Covet Living


Gracias Madre Tile | Covet Living

Joanna Gaines Black and White TIle Floor | Covet Living

But looks like we’re leaning towards THIS guy (from the top picture), which we love.


If we had more time, we could choose from a palette of colors and would customize in navy, but it’s an 8-12 week lead time and the black & white is in stock, so that settles that.



Finally, we’re between two sets of sconces: the clear glass library lights (love ‘em for being a little funky and bringing some glass into the mix)…

Library Light Sconces, Powder Room | Covet Living

vs. the mixed metal sconces (love ‘em for introducing a little antique brass in the sea of darker oil rubbed bronze).

Elkins Sconces, Powder Room | Covet Living

I think they can’t go wrong. What do you guys think?!


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Saturday Morning Musings, Part 2

Reading the Newspaper | Covet Living

Good MORNING Peanuts!!  Happy Weekend!  Is there ANYTHING better than waking up and feeling like, “oh S&$%, I slept in” and then miraculously remembering that it’s Saturday?  I think not.  Kar Bear and I had a satellite marination fest last night where we both delighted in going into hermit mode – her with Dateline + Sex and the City, and me with Hulu + Double Stuff Golden Oreos.

Friday Night Rager

It was a small slice of heaven.  So many of my friends I’ve talked to are feeling the same thing – we’ve all been so busy and going so hard all summer, it’s nice to finally slow down a little bit.  So while you’re lingering over your morning coffee with your pretty morning hair and probably amazing morning breath, wanna mull over a little inspo with me??  K?  K.


I always tell people that your powder room is the one place in your house where you can really go bananas and do something incredibly bold that you may not have the guts to do anywhere else in the house… think of it as a little jewel box (!)  These people obviously did.  Also, Eskayel slays me.

Eskayel Powder Room | Covet Living



Like this one in the Marleton Hotel.  I can never preach enough about the magic that happens when you juxtapose some very traditional elements (e.g. that headboard) with uber modern/Midcentury modern ones (e.g. that Serge Mouille light fixture).

Serge Mouille Light Fixture | Covet Living

And 20 second timeout… you can get that look easy peasy:

Get the Look - The Marleton Hotel | Covet Living

1 – 3-Arm Ceiling Lamp, Retro Furnish, $398 (compared to $3k-$10k for the Real McCoy)

2 – Headboard, Urban Outfitters, $598 for a Queen

3 – Wamsutta 750 Thread Count Dream Zone Sheets in White, Bed Bath & Beyond, $159.99 (ps, I’ve had these for YEARS and they are like buttah)

4 – Gray Ombre Faux Fur Throw, Pottery Barn, $45.50-$299



Not sure, but I think I wizzed myself when I saw them this week over on sfgirlbybay. Hey Listen – I love a good Hicks Pendant in a white kitchen like the rest of the Pinterestphere (9 trillion times over), but I have (wet) dreams about hanging something really unique over my kitchen island someday.  Comme ça.

Crazy Lights via sfgirlbybay | Covet Living



Did y’all see this one by House of Jade Interiors on Domino this week???  It’s black & white & rad all over.  In fact, the whole house is to die for.

House of Jade Kitchen via Domino | Covet Living

House of Jade Kitchen II via Domino | Covet Living



These French Plaster Lamps are Jacques Grange for Yves Saint Laurent via 1st Dibs. Only $7k for the pair… but remember this Cinderella Story about my lotus lamps? Stranger things have happened.  I love how playful and unique these are.

french plaster lamps via 1st dibs | covet living



I did a triple take when I saw the Chloe Bed from Cisco Home.

Chloe Bed Cisco Home | Covet Living

…and with a luscious bed of all white linens as a supporting cast? #nomnomnomnom

Chloe Bed 2



All the yapping about lighting today wasn’t intentional….  But this is ethereal… and feels a little modern and a little old fashioned (if you look closely at the glass discs) at the same time.

Satellite Chandelier from Dot & Bo | Covet Living



Trust Your Gut



I think yes.

Dmitriy & Co Chelsea Square Sofa in Pink Velvet | Covet Living



…Artwork is the toughest thing to choose for someone else because it’s totally subjective, but I love this piece by Jane Winfield.

Jane Winfield via Bradley USA | Covet Living



I’ve seen some pedestal tables I’ve loved, but never one like this with a base like that.

Oak Pedestal Table via Dos Gallos | Covet Living




Moroccan Pillow, OKL | Covet Living



Vintage Chinoiserie Bench, reupholstered in jade cotton.

Vintage Chinoiserie Bench via Jayson Home | Covet Living


How can you not be happy when you look at Robert Crowder’s “Versailles”(??) which is also amazing in the green colorway.  I don’t usually gravitate toward yellow anything for interiors, but I want to use this EVERYWHERE.  Also – do you guys follow Krista Nye Schwartz from Cloth & Kind on Pinterest?  You should.  So many of my fabric finds are discovered there.

Robert Crowder Versailles Fabric | Covet Living



Zoe Bios Creative is a line Kristin and I both died over at Vegas Market earlier this year – and this artist in particular… Selby Pena always has the most joyful photographs of kids frolicking and playing without one single care in the world.

Zoe Bios Creative | Covet Living

It reminds me of – well, a simpler time when I was one of those kids playing outside all day – but also of the image of my friend Mia’s little boy running through a field (he’s the sweet mystery kiddo on our header, and also framed on my wall).

My Bedroom | Covet Living


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